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What's Greek life all about?

Since 1833, Greek organizations have played a vital role on college campuses across the United States, providing a wealth of rewarding and challenging experiences. Each fraternity or sorority brings together a group of students with similar interests, who participate in rituals that create bonds among members. On the Elmhurst campus, each Greek organization instills the values of scholarship, service to the community, intercultural understanding, leadership, and lifelong friendships.

Leadership
Community service
Scholarship
Brotherhood/Sisterhood
Intercultural commitment

Community Service

Service to others is one of the most important tenets of Greek life at Elmhurst. Service takes two forms: hands-on involvement in local causes, and philanthropy events. Each chapter completes at least one major philanthropy project each year benefiting philanthropies and social service agencies locally and nationally.

Students in Greek life will:

  • Give time and energy to benefit Cardiac Care, Alzheimer's research, the North American Food Drive, the Clothes Line project, and the American Cancer Society
  • Organize dozens of chapter events to raise money and educate the campus.
  • Promote education on topics such as cancer consciousness, eating disorders and body image, relationship and gender issues, as well as topics that impact the general campus.

One particularly successful example of the Greek community's dedication to service is the annual Walk for Hope in Memory of Claire Bartels. Each year, teams of students walk, jog, and run around the College Mall to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Since its start in 1996, the Walk for Hope has raised $300,000 to support cancer research and treatment—and it's run entirely by Greeks.

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Scholarship
Elmhurst's Greek community is built on strong academic standards. Members expect a lot from themselves and each other, they pride themselves on academic excellence. Chapters focus on scholarship through study sessions, scholarship awards, and tutoring. Chapters and national organizations reward scholastic excellence.

To participate in Greek life at Elmhurst, students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. Individual chapters may have more stringent academic requirements.

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Intercultural Commitment

Greek life at Elmhurst is enriched by the College's diversity. The Greek governing councils are committed to educating all members about the value of living in an intercultural society, and to supporting the College's mission of maintaining a diverse student body. We feel that our educational activities and everyday interactions are enriched by acceptance of one another, and we strive to learn from each other in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect.

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Brotherhood/Sisterhood

The brotherhood and sisterhood of Greek life is truly a "family" experience. It offers you the security and happiness that's part of the brother/sister bond. While you don't have to limit your social life to Greek activities, you will find many opportunities to meet and interact with your chapter, other fraternities and sororities, and other campus organizations.


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Leadership Opportunities

Elmhurst College supports the existence of a Greek community because of the leadership, service, social, academic, and sister/brotherhood opportunities. These experiences allow students to develop their values and skills, which will ultimately impact the lives they lead upon graduation.

In recognition of the ongoing contributions and potential of the Greek community, the college continues to provide ongoing support as outlined in the Elmhurst College Relationship Statement.

Each chapter offers a wide range of leadership roles, ranging from chairing a committee to serving on the executive board. In addition, Greek students actively participate in a number of important representative bodies, each affiliated with national organizations, such as Greek Leadership Council, Multi-Cultural Greek Council, Panhellenic Council, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, the Walk for Hope Steering Committee, and others.

 

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